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    This is my first thread.

    My college want me to write a PS draft, due within the next few days, so they can give me some feedback and I can use that over the summer. The dilemma is that I just can't make up my mind on what course I want to study, as it's such a big decision.

    I'm currently doing Maths, FM, Chemistry and Physics. Since starting A level I have always leaned towards Physics and thought I would do that or Engineering at University. Recently, though I have dismissed the idea of Engineering, as I feel it would be too practical and the content wouldn't interest me. However, after a visit to the Imperial College open day, I discovered Materials and that area has been a part of science that think I am fond of- I like structures of materials in chemistry and why things behave differently (Also on the atomic level) etc. But I have not enjoyed doing learning the definitions of material characteristics in physics nor much of the Youngs Modulus stuff.

    What does Materials (Science/Engineering) involve in relation to Physics, Chemistry, or Maths A level?

    I also went to the Oxford open day and spent some time in the Materials Science department there, of which the lab tour was quite impressive. The course itself appealed to me as it didn't seem to practical.In the talk given there, they showed that the average Oxford graduate leaving salary was highest in Materials and at £35,000. This really appeals to me as it would help motivate me during the course. Is this correct as for other Materials departments I have not seen it this high?

    Are Material Science courses similar at other Universities?

    However, when researching the Oxford course, I started to understand that they think a course should be chosen with true passion for the subject you love. With Materials, I just don't feel passionate about it, as I'm not really sure on what it's like- I've had no experience. This made me think back to physics, which I have always liked and felt passionate about parts of it.

    With Physics, there are some parts like Mechanics, Energy, Forces, Hookes Law and Viscosity which I like a lot. But Circuits, Waves and non-fundamental Electricity I was not so keen on. This may just be due to the way it was taught. (I've had 4 different physics teachers over the year).

    I was looking through the Oxford prospectus, when I came across Physics and Philosophy. It combined the theoretical and fundamental parts of Physics with an added philosophical approach. At first seemed silly, as I knew someone who did Philosophy at Uni and they ended up with a rubbish job. But the more I thought about it, the more I found the idea attractive. I have never done philosophy at A level or GCSE. But I did RE and my teacher there was very philosophical and his lessons I always found extremely interesting. I always like to view concepts from different perspectives (e.g. religious and scientific) and see how they oppose one another, but yet are similar in principle . The more it churns in my mind the more I think the combination is something I could be passionate about.:confused: I've briefly read parts of philosophy A level text and it seems to draw me in. On the other hand, the career prospects do concern me (compared to materials).

    Do you think Physics and Philosophy is right for me, or is it just a last minute attempt for a subject?

    After a Physics and Philosophy degree, is it easy to specialise and go into engineerish areas such as Materials?

    Also I've seen that only 12% of applicants get a place on the P&P course, compared to the 40% for Materials Science. Which worries me, as it's the course at Oxford which appeals to me.

    If someone could just try and answer some of those questions, that would be a huge help. Sorry for writing so much, I'm just a bit worried. Thanks.
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